Actor and comic John Witherspoon, a notable figure in the “Friday” franchise and inform actor in the animated sequence “The Boondocks,” died at his dwelling Los Angeles Tuesday at the age of 77, his family talked about.
Manager Alex Goodman confirmed the news.
“It is with deepest sorrow that we can verify our liked husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of many hardest working males in show alternate, died presently time at his dwelling in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s family talked about in a inform from Goodman to NBC News.
“He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a huge family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we can own a gleaming time his existence and his work together. John outmoded to drawl ‘I’m no gargantuan deal’, however he became substantial deal to us.”
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Witherspoon became born in Detroit in 1942 as John Weatherspoon and launched a stand-up and comedy profession that began in the dreary 1970s with television roles, per the web news role Reduce-off date, which reported Witherspoon’s death earlier Tuesday evening.
He appeared in 1980’s “The Jazz Singer.” He starred as John “Pops” Williams in “The Wayans Bros.” television show and as Mr. Jackson in “Boomerang,” among many other movie and TV roles.
Witherspoon performed the daddy figure Mr. Jones alongside Ice Cube in the 1995 hit “Friday” and reprised his role in sequels “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.”
Witherspoon also appeared in the 1995 Eddie Murphy movie “Vampire in Brooklyn,” in which he performed Silas Green, and in the 1988 movie “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.” He also became a inform actor in the animated sequence “The Boondocks.”
He also appeared on “The Tracy Morgan Expose” and additional no longer too lengthy ago performed Lloyd in the “Sunless Jesus” television sequence, per movie database IMDB.
The comic Sinbad became among those mourning Witherspoon’s death Tuesday evening, tweeting that the actor and comic became an inspiration and “one of my early heroes and an perfect person.” Arsenio Hall talked about it became “coronary heart wrenching news” and known as Witherspoon “one of our comic brothers.”
Oscar-a success actress and director Regina King tweeted: “My dad, my grandpa, my comedic inspiration! I esteem you Spoons! Leisure In Paradise, King.”
Director and producer Judd Apatow known as Witherspoon “Pure humorous” and “Hilarious and always kind.”
Comic and actor David Alan Grier tweeted: “RIP my brother. You would possibly possibly well be missed. Mannnnnnn that is a sharp one.”
Diana Dasrath is Leisure Producer and Senior Reporter for NBC News covering all platforms.
Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.
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